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  posted on 9/19/2008 at 02:09 PM
STEVE HOWE, CHRIS SQUIRE AND ALAN WHITE OF GROUNDBREAKING ROCK GROUP YES UNITE FOR “IN THE PRESENT” U.S. TOUR
Members will be joined by Oliver Wakeman on keyboards and vocalist Benoit David to perform the group’s classic repertoire in live spectacular


LOS ANGELES, Sept. 10, 2008—Albums like Fragile, Close to the Edge Tales from Topographic Oceans and 90125 and singles such as “Roundabout,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and “I’ve Seen All Good People” are just some of the enduring classics that have made YES one of the most influential and groundbreaking groups in rock & roll. Now, the classic YES line-up of guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White will launch the "In The Present" tour starting November 4th in Hamilton, Ontario, marking yet another chapter in the art-rockers’ amazing, 40-year career of legendary live performances. The three will be joined by keyboardist Oliver Wakeman, the son of YES’ Rick Wakeman, and vocalist Benoit David, a Montreal, Quebec, native and vocalist in several YES tribute groups, who was discovered by the band on the Internet.

With a remarkable 40-year career that has time and again redefined the boundaries of rock, YES was formed in 1968 by Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, who shared a mutual interest in vocal harmonies and classical music. With drummer Bill Bruford, guitarist Peter Banks and keyboardist Tony Kaye, they became YES, earning a residency at the famed London venue The Marquee Club, where they played with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd, releasing their self-titled debut album in July 1969.

Guitarist Steve Howe, who went on to play in the popular prog-rock groups Asia and GTR and continues releasing acclaimed solo albums and touring, brought an experimental cutting edge to YES for their 1970’s The Yes Album, their first number one album in the UK. Drummer Alan White, who had been hand-picked to play on John Lennon’s Imagine and George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, came aboard in 1972. YES then went on to conquer America and played at some of the largest paid attendance concerts of all time including the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia in 1976 to a crowd of over 130,000 people.

YES postponed plans for a 40th anniversary Close to the Edge and Back tour in June, when vocalist Jon Anderson suffered a severe asthma attack and was diagnosed with acute respiratory failure. Commented Squire: "This isn't an attempt to replace Jon Anderson, because as we all know, that would be impossible. With Benoit, we are bringing in a talented singer so that we can go out and honor the music of YES for the fans who have waited for the past four years to see us perform."

A dominant force in rock music for more than four decades, YES has created some of rock’s most enduring and compelling hits, selling more than 30 million albums worldwide. The group has defined music history with their dynamic instrumental contrasts and abstract lyrics. Their symphonic use of sound and innovative musical styles continues to make them the most successful progressive rock band in history and their amazing career continues to defy many of their rock counterparts.

 
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  posted on 9/19/2008 at 02:17 PM
You know, I was just thinking how I didn't think anyone mentioned this yet.

I think it is interesting and am going to check it out for sure. I'm hoping it expands their setlist to include some DRAMA era stuff...

 

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  posted on 9/19/2008 at 02:20 PM
I love YES and have seen them many times and will pass on this one. With Anderson not being there, it just wouldn't be the same for me. You might be able to replace the keys and or maybe the drummer, but you can't replace Squire, Howe, or Anderson IMO.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2008 at 02:26 PM
I can't do it unless Jon Anderson is in there.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2008 at 02:32 PM
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I love YES and have seen them many times and will pass on this one. With Anderson not being there, it just wouldn't be the same for me. You might be able to replace the keys and or maybe the drummer, but you can't replace Squire, Howe, or Anderson IMO.


I know what you guys mean, but i'm looking at it a little differently. I'm not really going to see "yes". Or at least that's the way I'm taking it. I don't even think they're really calling it yes. I hope not. But I would love to see Chris & Steve step up and play this music in a different situation. I kind of wish Rick or Geoff or Igor or one of the old keyboard players was there too. - I will give it a chance. I just hope they don't throw together the same kind of show and just kind of replace Jon. That won't work.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2008 at 02:33 PM
I believe I'll go. I see similarities to the Dickey situation, or after Duane passed. I hope Jon goes to some of the shows, gives his blessing. If he's able. Wishing for the best for him.

What happened to Rick Wakeman? Didn't know he wasn't out there anymore. Tony Kaye?

 
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  posted on 9/19/2008 at 02:54 PM
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I believe I'll go. I see similarities to the Dickey situation, or after Duane passed. I hope Jon goes to some of the shows, gives his blessing. If he's able. Wishing for the best for him.

What happened to Rick Wakeman? Didn't know he wasn't out there anymore. Tony Kaye?


Well, it sounds like Jon might be too sick to go at all. Rick will probably see shows, he's just not allow to tour due to health, or so he's been saying for a while.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2008 at 03:04 PM
Hey PauliG...

Yep, Wakeman has cut back substantially. He told the band that he couldn't do the long interminable tours due to his own health.

It would be interesting to hear stuff from the Drama album....

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  posted on 9/19/2008 at 03:05 PM
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  posted on 9/19/2008 at 03:09 PM
I'll go watch Steve Howe no matter who he plays with! I hope they play in our area, preferably on a Saturday.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2008 at 03:25 PM
I hope John Anderson is ok. I'll pass on this.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2008 at 04:52 PM
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